Beauty lovers that live in Greenpoint or Williamsburg must take advantage of Freckle, a two-year-old day spa that sits modestly on Nassau Avenue between Newel and Diamond Streets. Just a few blocks from the G train, even those living in other outer boroughs (and—gasp!—Manhattan) should make the trek; the quality of service, combined with the warm personality of the staff, make it well worth a subway ride.
Plus, the adorable name scores this establishment instant points for cuteness and creativity.
When you enter Freckle, you are warmly greeted by a receptionist who checks you in. The waiting room is in the front area, close to the mani and pedi stations, and is filled with all you need to keep you occupied, including stacks of magazines, tea and water, skin care products and delicious-smelling candles, diffusers and other Ebb & Flow beauty goods for sale.
However, you'll soon forget about those tempting buys when you are led to the back for your spa service. Go for Freckle's Signature Facial (and ask for Ania), which is designed on-the-spot to specifically treat your unique skin type. The aesthetician does a quick (but thorough) inspection of your face, asks you a few question, then gets to work. What follows is pure heaven: the lovely scent of a candle burning in the tranquil room, soft music, hot towels, soothing steam, gentle scrubbing and gentle (but effective) extractions. The facial is topped off with a mask best suited for your skin type (either algae or oatmeal), after which you are left with a super smooth, gorgeous glow. If it's sunny out, they'll make sure to dab on a a little SPF to protect your freshly cleansed face.
The best thing about Freckle is that it is 100% unpretentious. The staff is fun, friendly and down-to-earth. At the same time, the treatments are on par with some of the best spas in the city. So no matter where you live in the metro area, you'll be doing yourself (and your skin) a fabulous favor by making an appointment for one of Freckle's skin care services.